May 1, 1928 – May 24, 2014
Myrna Jean Marple Paris passed away on May 24, 2014, in her 86th year. A native of Helena, Montana, born on May 1, 1928, Myrna had lived in Davis for many years, most recently at University Retirement Community with her beloved husband Olden Paris, who predeceased her in 2013.
She was the oldest of four daughters. Myrna graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English and later earned a master’s in library science from the same institution. She served as a junior high school librarian in the Woodland Joint Unified School District until she retired in 1983.
A talented singer and actress, Myrna is remembered for her many fine performances in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas for Davis Comic Opera productions and in singing concerts with local musicians Robin Treseder and Sandra Brown. Myrna was an avid reader, a member of Mensa and the Woodland Shakespeare Club and a longtime member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Davis. She loved theater and was a longtime supporter of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon; her most recent visit was in May, 2013, to celebrate her 85th birthday.
A lover of nature, Myrna missed the mountains of her Montana childhood. She enjoyed hiking in Annadel State Park when she lived in Santa Rosa and at the Grand Canyon on a February visit to that national park.
Myrna leaves to mourn her two sons, Alan Woodhead and wife Shelley of West Sacramento and Jeffrey Woodhead and partner Andrea of Davis; sister-in-law Beth Storms of Riverside; nieces and many devoted friends. A special friend of the family was Patricia Davis of Carmichael.
A celebration of Myrna’s amazing life will be at the University Retirement Community on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Things Right & Relevant in Davis, or WEAVE.